Month: April 2015

Freelance Writing Advice, Writing Tips & Career Advice

Go Beyond Online Research


It’s great that we live in an age where information is just a couple of mouse clicks away. Gone are the days when we had to slog through the stacks at the library for even the simplest research. Unfortunately, too many of us have become excessively reliant on the Internet for our research needs. It’s …

Books, Reading, & Libraries

Library Haul and Reading List 4/24/15

Library Stack 4/24/15

This week’s list is pretty darn random.” Space exploration, romance, YA, computer how-to, and pirates are all represented. These sorts of lists are what make people wonder if there’s anything I won’t read. The answer is, “No. I’ll give almost anything a shot.”

Creativity Boosting & Inspiration, Writing Tips & Career Advice

Avoiding The Dreaded “Mary Sue”


One of the hardest things about writing fiction is creating characters that are believable. Too many writers create characters that are just like themselves. While this seems like a way of “writing what you know,” too often it ends up creating a “Mary Sue” character. Mary Sue’s come across as poorly developed, shallow reflections of …

Books, Reading, & Libraries

Library Haul and Reading List 4/17/15

Library Stack 4/10/15

This week’s list is mostly fiction again. I probably should be reading more non-fiction, but as I’m working on several tough projects just now and some pretty tight deadlines, my brain appreciates the break. Light and fluffy is the order of the week.

Freelance Writing Advice, Writing Tips & Career Advice

Liar, Liar. Fine For a Movie, But Not For Writers

Speak No Evil

It’s funny that a profession that often prides itself on telling the truth is tainted by more than a few liars. Journalists often claim to pursue the truth at all costs. Non-fiction writers are, by definition, supposed to be writing the truth. Fiction writers spout off about finding “the truth” in their stories. Almost every …